Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness

Here you will find links to useful resources providing support for the mental health & wellbeing of students and their parents/carers. 

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Support for Students

You may be worried about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), or other things going on in your life. Here is a list of support services, information sheets and tips you can use to protect your mental health. 

Some of these organisations also have helplines or email and text services where you can ask for advice while school is closed. 

Young Carers Project- Support for young carers during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are a Young Carer we understand you may be worried about the person you care for or are feeling isolated. Although we have canceled all in-person activities and 1:1 sessions until further notice the Young Carers Team will be available for telephone and email support; if there are any young carers who are concerned about the increase to their caring role or are anxious about the implications of the current situation please do get in touch. Our phone line 01273 746222 will be covered for the foreseeable future or we can be reached at young.carers@thecarerscentre.org.  Any young carers already engaging with our service will be able to contact their caseworker via their mobile or email address which has already been sent out to all families. You can also visit https://www.thecarerscentre.org/ for the latest updates from us and how to get support.

Winston's Wish - Supporting children through coronavirus: https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/

Young Minds explains about mental health problems and how to protect your mental wellbeing https://youngminds.org.uk  

Young Minds offer advice and help with bullying - https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/feelings-and-symptoms/bullying/

Click here for a teen guide to surviving lock down! 

Childline have advice on their website plus a phone and email support service
https://www.childline.org.uk  

Youth Access have links to lots of organisations that might answer questions not covered on this list https://www.youthaccess.org.uk/supernav/links  

Papyrus is a charity to help you if you feel you aren’t coping
https://papyrus-uk.org (if you feel this way you must tell an adult you trust). 

Health for Teens has good advice on everything from feelings to general health
https://www.healthforteens.co.uk  

The Mix has loads of tips for young people including these resources on mental health https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health  

The Children’s Society have information on a range of mental health topics and other problems you might be stressed about https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-childrenand-young-people  

BBC Own It shows you how to take charge of your life online https://www.bbc.com/ownit  

Doc Ready explains how to talk to your doctor about your health http://www.docready.org  

Help Me Out from BBC’s Lifebabble answers all your questions about friends, family and your wellbeing https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/lifebabble-help-me-out  

Mood Juice has free tools for relaxation and calming https://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/asppodcast.asp  

Action for Happiness provides daily updates and resources on wellbeing https://www.actionforhappiness.org  

Blurt will send you regular tips to look after your mental health https://www.blurtitout.org  

Coronavirus and Self Care - info from the NHS

Support for Parents and Carers 

Currently we’re living in a difficult and stressful period. You will have been given information on how to support your child’s learning, and resources for their mental wellbeing. However, your mental health is equally important so the following organisations are here to help your wellbeing. 

Safety Net Issue #3 - Sussing out School - click here

Amaze Sussex https://amazesussex.org.uk/looking-after-your-familys-wellbeing-during-lock-down/

The Blurt Foundation will email you regular updates to boost your mood https://www.blurtitout.org  

Action for Happiness encourage you to find ways to stay positive and resilient https://www.actionforhappiness.org  

Mind provides information on mental distress plus ideas for self care https://www.mind.org.uk  

Samaritans are there to listen if you are feeling overwhelmed https://www.samaritans.org  

CAMHS Sussex has advice on mental wellbeing for children and parents https://sussexcamhs.nhs.uk/help-support  

Citizens Advice offers practical information about all aspects of your life https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk  

The NHS have a range of apps you can use to promote your own wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/appslibrary

NHS information on Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19  

A guide from Harvard University on managing fears about the Coronavirus
https://www.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/content/coronavirus_HUHS_managing_fears_A2%5B5%5D.pdf  

Plus this advice from the Mental Health Foundation on protecting your mental health https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-duringcoronavirus-outbreak  

The British Army hosts a free 8-week online course in Mindfulness https://www.army.mod.uk/people/join-well/managing-stress/mindfulness-course  

Family Lives have fact sheets and a helpline to assist with all areas of parenting https://www.familylives.org.uk  

Home Start provide parenting tips and mentoring https://www.home-start.org.uk  

CBeebies Grownups has lots of practical advice https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups  

The NSPCC has tips on child safety and wellbeing plus ideas on how to communicate with your child https://www.nspcc.org.uk  

Pooky Knightsmith is a therapist who offers mental wellbeing tips for all the family https://www.pookyknightsmith.com 

The Anna Freud Centre is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of infants, children and their families throughout the Coronavirus epidemic - Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Front Door for Families - https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/if-you-see-something-say-something-help-protect-our-citys-children

Covid-19 advice for parents/carers if your child is unwell or injured - click here

Letter for prarents/carers - Chat Health Messaging service - click here

BHSCP Letter to Parents & Carers - click here